A father and mother in California jumped into action after discovering a registered sex offender creeping around their home in Grayson, about 130 km east of San Francisco.
Their five-year-old daughter was sleeping in a back bedroom with her grandmother around 5 a.m. Tuesday when the senior suspected they were being watched through an open window.
She left the room to alert the girl’s father, who confronted the man outside and told him he would call the police if he didn’t leave.
“He was in the living room window trying to peek in and he was grabbing his private parts and just looking around,” the girl’s mother, Martha Zepeda, told KXTV.
The family thought the man took off but shortly after “they heard a giant, loud noise.”
Zepeda’s husband went to check on his daughter and he discovered the man had removed the screen of the open bedroom window and was in the room, standing over the child, who was still in the bed.
He rushed in, forced the intruder outside, and tackled him. The parents duct-taped him and held him down for about 15 minutes until officers arrived.
Daniel Diaz, 39, is currently in jail on charges of suspicion of home invasion, peeping and prowling, burglary, and child abuse. His bail is set at $150,000.
Diaz is listed on a California sex offender registry, and spent nearly a decade in prison after being convicted of a 2009 crime of “assault with intent to commit rape.” He was released in 2018.